Michael Te Whare in action for Greytown against Pioneer last weekend. PHOTO/KYLIE ALEXANDER

The battle is on in earnest for the Moose Kapene Cup, the trophy which goes to the leading team at the end of one full round of matches in the Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union’s premier division competition.

With two series of matches remaining Greytown and Gladstone share the lead with 19pts and just 2pts behind them are Pioneer and Carterton on 17.

Then come Marist 13, Eketahuna 11, Martinborough 7 and East Coast 0.

SATURDAY’S DRAW

Premier division: Marist v Gladstone, Memorial Park No 1 at 2.30pm (Glen Collins, Wanganui; Rakai Hina and Atene Karauria); Pioneer v Eketahuna, Jeans St at 2.30pm (Shay O’Gorman; Gary Hall and Goff Moorcock); Greytown v Carterton, Greytown at 2.30pm (Alistair Payne; Vaea Peterson and Kelly Lochhead); East Coast v Martinborough, Whareama at 2.30pm (Andrew Stringer; Vaea Peterson and home team).

Premier reserves: Marist v Puketoi, Memorial Park No 2 at 1pm (Atene Karauria; Brent Gare and Carey Henricksen); Masterton Red Star v Gladstone, Memorial Park No 1 at 1pm (Rakai Hina, Wanganui; home team and visiting team); Pioneer v Carterton, Jeans St at 1pm (Gary Hall; home team and visiting team); East Coast v Martinborough, Whareama at 1pm (Vaea Peterson; home team and visiting team); Greytown v Featherston, Greytown at 12.45pm (Alistair Payne; Mike Voice and visiting team); Tuhirangi v Eketahuna, Pirinoa at 2.30pm (Ryan Hardman; home team and visiting team)

Wairarapa-Bush secondary schools junior grade: Rathkeale Green v Makoura, Rathkeale at 10.15am (Jaymon Huang); Wairarapa Blue v Wairarapa Yellow, Wairarapa College No 2 at 10.15am (Kaleb Rowlands); Kuranui v Rathkeale White, Kuranui at 10.15am (Logan Wakefield).